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Watch: Japanese consortium to develop first fully electric tanker

A Japanese consortium is to provide new infrastructure services with a focus on electric vessels. Their newly established company, called e5 Lab., will work to develop and promote the greater use of these clean modes of marine transport by building the world’s first zero-emission tanker by mid 2021. 

Largest cruise ship carrying Japan’s flag to be equipped with scrubber

NYK Cruises informed that the cruise ship Asuka II, the largest cruise vessel carrying the Japanese flag, will undergo works at the Sembcorp Marine Admiralty Yard in Singapore from the middle of January 2020, during which it will be retrofitted with a scrubber. Earlier during 2018, NYK Line had announced that it has secured a USD 80.65 million syndicated loan agreement with MUFG Bank Ltd., with the aim to install scrubbers.

NYK secures over USD 80 million syndicated loan for scrubbers

Japanese NYK announced it has secured a 9 billion yen syndicated loan agreement with MUFG Bank Ltd., with the aim to install scrubbers. This forms part of NYK’s medium-term management plan, which includes the group’s intent to integrate environmental, social, and governance (ESG) initiatives into management.

Japan supports open-loop scrubbers

Japan supports that open-loop scrubbers’ water discharge does not damage the environment. In a presentation at IMO, the country concluded that open-looped scrubbers will not lead to to short or long term impacts on marine organisms. The presentation also added that there is no scientific back-up to not allow the uses of open-loop scrubbers, provided that certain IMO requirements are met.

Japanese ONE opts for LSFO to comply with 2020 sulphur cap

The recently-launched Japanese container shipping venture Ocean Network Express (ONE) announced that it sees low-sulphur fuel oil as the most viable option for compliance with the 2020 sulphur cap, after having studied all the three popular options to comply with the regulation- LSFO, LNG and scrubbers. 

Wärtsilä to provide scrubbers to NYK’s two newbuilds

Wärtsilä informed that it has been contracted to supply the exhaust gas cleaning systems for two new 56,000 DWT Handymax bulk carriers, to be delivered to NYK. This is Wärtsilä’s first supply order of this equipment from any Japanese company. 

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